The question might arise as to which language should be used for this website - Esperanto or English.
There are arguments for and against using Engish and using Esperanto. There are pros and cons either way. However, one of our main pushes is to inform and attract non-Esperanto speakers. That means primarily English speakers for the United States. Yes, Engish, that other "international" language.
We are trying to foster new members in new local groups. We are trying to help the beginner, even the absolute beginner.
There are numerous opportunities to participate at an all-Esperanto level. That can happen easily enough at conversational gatherings, meetings, and congresses.
What work remains after the intensive work-weekend? We need people to test the new site, try it out, get their impressions, and find out what problems they have. The core work has been finished, but the website will never be finished. That is because it is a dynamic website, designed to be updated often and by many people.
The big step will be when we get the www.esperanto-usa.org address directed to point to the new website and the old site will be, in a sense, "turned off."
The new website is more of a community than the edited output of one or two webmasters. It is rich with content, and will be richer. It will be informative at all levels of ELNA's organization, from the board down to the new person who is just getting an interest and may become a new member. It will be a resource for organizers, leaders, teachers, local group leaders, activists, and even isolated members.
I'll be at the LAN party in Austin both officially and unofficially. I'll be headed there Friday night directly after work and check in as soon as possible. If anybody has any input, suggestions, questions, qualms, complaints, etc, regarding the current or proposed ELNA website, please contact me or anybody who you know is going.
[Note to self: be sure hotel checkin is guaranteed for late arrival.]
- Filipo [filipo at grupoj punkto org]